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Hurt
Johnny Cash Lyrics


I hurt myself today
To see if I still feel
I focus on the pain
The only thing that's real

The needle tears a hole
The old familiar sting
Try to kill it all away
But I remember everything

What have I become
My sweetest friend?
Everyone I know
Goes away in the end

And you could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt

I wear this crown of thorns
Upon my liar's chair
Full of broken thoughts
I cannot repair

Beneath the stains of time
The feelings disappear
You are someone else
I am still right here

What have I become
My sweetest friend?
Everyone I know
Goes away in the end

And you could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt

If I could start again
A million miles away
I will keep myself
I would find a way

Lyrics © DistroKid, CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Trent Reznor

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Zaur Nazarli

I hurt myself today
To see if I still feel
I focus on the pain
The only thing that's real
The needle tears a hole
The old familiar sting
Try to kill it all away
But I remember everything
What have I become?
My sweetest friend
Everyone I know goes away
In the end
And you could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt
I wear this crown of thorns
Upon my liar's chair
Full of broken thoughts
I cannot repair
Beneath the stains of time
The feelings disappear
You are someone else
I'm still right here
What have I become?
My sweetest friend
Everyone I know goes away
In the end
And you could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt
If I could start again
A million miles away
I would keep myself
I would find a way



Jay Best

I hurt myself today
To see if I still feel
I focus on the pain
The only thing that's real
The needle tears a hole
The old familiar sting
Try to kill it all away
But I remember everything
What have I become?
My sweetest friend
Everyone I know goes away
In the end
And you could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt
I wear this crown of thorns
Upon my liar's chair
Full of broken thoughts
I cannot repair
Beneath the stains of time
The feelings disappear
You are someone else
I'm still right here



All comments from YouTube:

Bedtime Stories

Cash's version of this song is great, but the old footage interspersed throughout the video just enhances the meaning and pushes it over the top. Like life flashing before his eyes in his final days.

Razgriz85

Ir's what helped Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails accept the cover of this song.

John Broadwell

This video brings tears flowing from my eyes every time ....

Bedtime Stories

@Aka Iced Tea I never said it was about being in his final days, I just said the video really makes that hit home and is far more poignant for that reason. The fact is that Cash knew he was dying. When his daughter watched the video, she said, "It feels like you're saying goodbye." And he replied with, "That's because I am."

Don't talk to me about meaning when it comes to music, every song means something different to someone else, regardless of what the song's original author intended. Reznor was in a completely different place when he wrote this compared to where Cash was when he covered it, and Cash covered it for his own reasons. And now we can all sit here and find our own meaning within it.

Aka Iced Tea

So like dont say sappy crap about dying makes the song more meaningful. It doesnt. The song is about being a giant dirtbag and perpetually ruining people who get close to you.

Aka Iced Tea

I say this because this song is nothing about being in your final days. That's just how the music video guy did it. Even if cash thought that this song was the most important thing to sing while he was dying, this song is not about dying

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Motivation Manifested

One of the rawest songs on pain and suffering I have ever heard. This song has been an angel of light in my darkest hours. Thank you Jonny Cash

mimi0731

@Rory September, 2003.

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